Moving from a MBP to a MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RegularGuy09, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. RegularGuy09 macrumors member

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    Who here has moved from a MacBook Pro(13" or 15") to an 2018 13" Air? Do you use it as your primary computer?

    How is your 2018 13" MBA holding up? Are you happy with it and its performance?
     
  2. spraycansoul macrumors newbie

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    I’d also like to know this!

    Stuck between purchasing 13” pro vs air!
     
  3. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Honestly, for most things I do (some photo editing and browsing and such), the MacBook Air is great. It's also much cooler than my 15" 2017 was. I'm very happy with my MBA overall.
     
  4. kp98077 macrumors 6502

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    MBA is fine, for now...typically, longevity is an issue and they bog down... simples as the cores...
     
  5. icloudUser macrumors newbie

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  6. kp98077 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, 16 for sure.. MBA I don't think has fast enough processor to be honest...unless you're doing light work... and not having 10-15 windows open like me.. lol
     
  7. auxbuss macrumors regular

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    I have both 16/512 15" MBP and 8/128 MBA. The MBP has become a virtual desktop. The extra real estate of 15" is nice, of course. The portability of the MBA is excellent. If the MBP died, I'd get a second MBA. (If I was doing software dev, graphic design, audio or visual, then I'd go with the MBP – although Ableton works fine on the MBA.) I'm of the opinion that 8Gb is fine for most folk, and if you're loading up a machine that much, then the MBP is a better choice.
     
  8. kp98077 macrumors 6502

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    not sure why you would choose a MBA that has the older keyboard compared to the 2019 13" MBP with the new keyboard....(yes I know its not totally certain yet, but it's clearly a different keyboard)...
     
  9. RegularGuy09 thread starter macrumors member

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    Even a 2013 MBA can manage that today. And with ease. Heck, 2018 MBA can easily manage multiple tabs of safari, an ide, some pdfs, excel and spotify in the background. At the same time. It can even handle 4K video editing, although its not a machine built for video editing professionals, but sure it can handle it.

    I think you are seriously underestimating the Air’s power.
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    Well yeah agreed. Although my friend is a developer and he uses the Air with a 27”inch monitor. Says he prefers the battery life, lighter and slimmer profile and the fact it runs cooler. I guess the fact its way cheaper is nice too haha.
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    I meant older 2018 or older MBPs
     
  10. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone who was fine with a 13'' MacBook Pro until 2017, could probably move to an MBA and be fine for what they do. After all the 13'' Pro was Dual Core prior to 2018. Also the T2 chip helps with video encoding so should be similar on both 13'' Air and Pro machines as the chip is no different on either.

    The 13'' v 15'' Pro is a difficult question, CPU wise the Quad core has had a huge impact on the power of the 13''. Although graphically the 15'' is where the power is.
     

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